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Ringing in the ears after taking trimethoprim. Hearing loss and blocked ears. Stress or tinnitus?

Hi I've just started taking Trimethoprim and have noticed a ringing in my ears,I am under stress because I thought I might have cancer which I don't and I do have an ear issue with the left ear feeling blocked..I've had my ears cheched and they are fine but I do have a slight hearing could it be the meds and stress or have I now got Tinnitus?
Asked On : Mon, 22 Apr 2013
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Trimethoprim is an antibiotic, which is used for variety of infections. The side effects are Stevens-Johnson syndrome, damage to the liver, rash, headache, sore throat, diarrhea, hallucinations, and agitation. Other rare side-effect is ringing in ears, this mostly occurs in people who have depression, high blood cholesterol, osteoporosis, or anxiety. You can see the details of side effects on the website: =

I advice you to either change the antibiotic, or if it is necessary to take the Trimethoprim, just complete the course of antibiotic and see if the side effects subside, then it’s ok. If the ringing in ears persists, then consult an ENT specialist for complete ear examination.
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